About

We're excited about what God has in store for Bethel.

Every fall, students return to campus ready to grow and ready to engage in experiences that will shape them for their future roles in the world. From nurses to sign language interpreters to musicians to athletes, our students impact the world through task force trips, internships and, finally, in careers.

Read Bethel Community Stories about our community of students, donors, faculty and friends who we hope will inspire you and provide seeds of wisdom that will help you grow in your own life.

Bethel Community Stories

Campus waterfall in the fall

Bethel College is affiliated with the Missionary Church.

We are a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world. Bethel provides liberating academic and co-curricular programs to challenge the mind, enlarge the vision and equip the whole person for lifelong service.

Our History

The roots of Bethel College run deep.  Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder Daniel Brenneman first called for a training institute in 1893. Then, for many years, J. A. Huffman pressed the case for a Christian liberal arts college, even suggesting the name Bethel, meaning “house of God.” Formal church approval finally came in 1944, and land was purchased in Mishawaka, Indiana during 1946 under the leadership of Q. J. Everest, Seth Rohrer, and Warren Manges. Twenty-seven-year-old Woodrow I. Goodman (1947-1959) was appointed the first president, at that time the youngest in the United States.

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